Publication Date: April 23, 2009
George Theoharis draws on the experiences and words of successful public school principals committed to advancing equity, social justice, and school reform to show why social justice leadership is needed and how it can be effective. Although facing tremendous barriers, these principals made important strides toward closing the achievement gap in their schools through the use of humane and equitable practices. Featuring a mix of theory and practical strategies, this timely book portrays how real school leaders seek, create, and sustain equitable schools, especially for marginalized students.
The author identifies seven “keys” that are crucial for social justice leadership:
Key 1: Acquire Broad, Reconceptualized Consciousness/Knowledge/Skill Base
Key 2: Possess Core Leadership Traits
Key 3: Advance Inclusion, Access, and Opportunity for All
Key 4: Improve the Core Learning Context - Both the Teaching and the Curriculum
Key 5: Create a Climate of Belonging
Key 6: Raise Student Achievement
Key 7: Sustain Oneself Professionally and Personally
George Theoharis, a former principal committed to equity, social justice, and school reform, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Inclusive Elementary Education in the Teaching and Leadership Department at Syracuse University.
Theoharis does a beautiful job at marrying research with practical application that can be utilized by school administrators.”
—Journal of Educational Administration
“Presents a hopeful, humanistic, and democratic approach to school reform that many will no doubt wish to replicate.”
—American School Board Journal
"An important book that deserves a wide readership."
—Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"A powerful guide for current and future school principals."
—Carl Glickman, Institute for Schools, Education, and Democracy